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50 Years - Memories: August '09

Apologies in advance if you have received this in error
If you don't recognize some of the names of classmates below...
well, that's what yearbooks and reunions are for :
( KHS '60 & '61 reunion pics )

Please pass this email on to other classmates.
I'd like to keep this going, adding their responses to this list or one of yours...
as a reminder that the 50th reunions are just around the corner.
Pearl Country Club - Aiea - April 17, 2010
Main Street Hotel - Las Vegas - tentatively October 10, 2010

Have them post their responses as below, chronologically - latest first.
( any kine memory-recollection or response to a response OK )
Edit posts for improper content
Edit posts for brevity
Edit out email addresses
(though, with their permission, would appreciate having their email addresses)

Below are a few of the classmates believed to have been receiving the email 'memories'...
either directly or through one of the classmates listed below.
Apologies to those inadvertently mis-named, misspelled or unlisted.

Alvin Kajioka, Alvin Kotake, Amy Higashi, Andra Dean, Andy Nakano, Ardel Honda, Arline Hirahara, Arlene Yamagata, Bessie Shimabukuro,
Betty Ing, Beverly Davis, Calvin Ishizaki, Calvin Kang, Carlos Gouveia, Carl Yasuda, Carol Kunishige, Carole Masuda, Caroline Andrade,
Carolyn Amoy, Carlyn Tom, Charlene Mau, Chester Otani, Clarence Fung, Clifford Ching, Clifford Young, Clinton Chung, Dave Sato, Dennis Sakaguchi,
Donald Hartzler, Edwina Ahn, Elsie Oshiro, Elsie Tanaka, Frances Mise, Francine Song, Gary Tsukamoto, Gerri Barcenas, Irene Rocha, James Mau, Jane Higa,
Jane Mock, Jean Nakamura, June Yanazawa, Karen Iha, Karen Morisawa, Katherine Mabe, Kenneth Morimoto, Kenneth Ginoza, Lance Ishihiro, Lorene Watanabe,
Louise Lung, Lynne Zane, Madge Stibbard, Mae Nakanishi, Manuel Mattos, Martin Buell, Matilda Muraoka, Mel Cabang, Michael Tang, Michael Yamaguchi,
Muriel Masumura, Naomi Kuranoto, Norman Ginoza, Patricia Kiyabu, Paul Texeira, Pearl Shimooka, Phyliss Tanabe, Ralph Hind, Ralph Yamasaki,
Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Richard Shinn, Richard Shintaku, Robert Gore, Robert Matsuda, Robert Moriyama, Robert Nukushina, Roger Kobayashi,
Ronald Higa, Rosemary DeJesus, Roy Okano, Ruth Kinoshita, Sandra Akiyama, Sandra ishimoto, Sanford Murata, Seda Deguchi,
Shirley Tamashiro, Stanley Miura, Thomas Okuhara, Thomas Takushi, Thomas Yamada, Timothy Choy, Tony Ballesteros,
Vernon Wong, Violet Chung-Hoon, Vivian Hirahara, Wade Morikone, Wayne Kanai, Xavier Ching

The following classmates may still be on the 'unable to locate' list :

Wallace Afuso, Edward Akau, John Akeo, Donald Anderson, Douglas Arai, Raymond Au, Mary Bernard, Karen Bertram, Guy Bettencourt, Merilyn Biete,
Parmalee Burke, Henry Ching, Shirley Ching, Tamar Ching, Henry Chow, Ethel Cordeiro, Carol Cypriano, Priscilla Dang, Warren Dias, Sergio Ebalaroza,
Thomassina Fujimoto, Marlene Fujita, Godfred Galacia, Peggy Ginoza, Barbara Jean Gomes, Gary Gomes, Jeanette Hasegawa, Dorothy Hu, Fredina Ishibashi,
Barbara Izutsu, Arlene Jicha, Vernon Kaaiakananu, Roy Kageyama, Mollie Kai, Charles Kam, Helen Kanegushiku, Gary Kashiwamura, Arlene Kauwe, Linda Kawabata,
Pauline Kekahuna, Peter Kekahuna, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Arlene Kiyabu, Naomi Kobayashi, Ronald Kuratsu, Kalani Kuwanoe, Sharon LaTraille, Herbert Lawlawe,
Bernice Lee, Gregory Lee, Jeffrey Lee, Harry Lew, Halford Liu, Frank Lopes, Josephine Lopez, Lorraine Lopez, Albert Lum , Faith Maeda, Eleanor Mateo,
Chloe McKewon, John Michler, Melvin Mishina, Emmaline Mitchell, James Mitchell, Amy Murakami, Diane Nakama, Barbara Nakamura, Nancy Nakatsuka,
Barbara Nakayama, Blanche Nishimura, Marcia Nonomura, Lorraine Okahashi, Jeannie O'Rourke, Frances Pascual, Daphne Payes, Edith Perkins,
Stanley Pinho, Margaret Pludow, Linda Porgatorio, Diane Rapozo, Mollie Rivera, John Rodrigues, Elizabeth Rubio, Paul Santos,
Thelma Saxon, Marilyn Setoda, John Shimabukuro, Joyce Shimabukuro, Kenneth Shimabukuro, Kenneth Shimabukuro,
Gail Shirai, Ronald Silva, Francis Simeona, Albert Siu, Sharlene Smythe, Glenn Sumpaio, Kevin Sweeney,
Roy Takamatsu, Lawrence Tamashiro, Milton Tamashiro, Theta Tanimoto, James Texeira, Karen Thurstion,
Stanley Toguchi, Kenneth Toma, Lila Marie Valentine, Manuel Vierra, Calvin White, Andrew Wynne,
Mae Yabui, Patricia Yamaguchi, Elaine Ymas, Richard Yoshikawa, Douglas Yoshimura,
Marjorie Yoshioka, Audrey Young, Geralding Young

Hal Oshiro


AUGUST 2009 POSTS - posts, starting with March, are archived in

----- Original Message -----
From: June Yanazawa Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 10:13 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 31 / 09 update )

Robert, your aunt must have had a much more modern chicken farm than we did because we did not have an egg
cleaning machine or egg sizing machine or chicken de-feathering machine or any kind of machine that I remember …
we did it all by hand!

We woke up every morning at 5:00AM to Gunkan March being played on the Japanese radio station
(my grandfather’s idea of an alarm clock).
Our first job of the day was to slaughter chickens, de-feather (by hand) and cut them up,
and package the good pieces to sell.
Then we gathered the eggs and fed the chickens.
In the evening, we candled the eggs (held them over a light source to see if there were any blood spots inside),
cleaned (by hand), and weighed and sorted the ones for sale (by hand).

We sold the best parts of the chicken and ate the rest. We made soup out of the bones, feet and necks.
And we ate the eggs we couldn’t sell which were the ones with the blood spots.
When I was really young, I had no idea that there were eggs without blood spots.
And since all the eggs our chickens produced had brown shells, I was amazed the first time I saw eggs with white shells.

The chickens were gone by the time I was in high school because the city had grown up around us
and the neighbors weren’t very understanding about the smell!

We had a bath house (furoba) that was separate from the main house.
In it was a large tub with a fire pit under it that was accessible from the outside.
It was my job after school was to build a fire in the fire pit and heat water for our bath.
There was an order in which we took a bath …
first my grandfather, then my father, my brother, my grandmother, my mother, and last of all me.
The same order prevailed when it came to eating.
The men ate first and the women ate after the men were served, often having the leftovers from the previous meal.
To this day I like my bathwater lukewarm and my food the same way. I love cold rice.
Sometimes, I will purposely cook more rice than is necessary so I can have it cold at the next meal.
During termite swarming season, we could not open any door or window during the evening because of hoards of termite
would fly in so we turned off all the lights in the house, put some soapy water in a large galvanized tub outside and
hung a light bulb over it.
The termites would be attracted to the light and fly toward it, then fly downward into the water.
The soap in the water killed the termites.
By the time we threw the water out, there would be an inch of dead termites floating on the top.

I guess this is what people call the “good old days”!

----- Original Message -----
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 1:22 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 31 / 09 update )

Hal, everytime I get on this site to either read or write, I am so thankful.
What a marvelous way to share information.
Robert (Nuk), btw, where are you residing now? Assumed that you still lived in Hawaii.
Anyway, in response to a prior message: Yes, I did attend Manoa Kindergarten....
that school celebrated graduation ceremonies, with individual pics in black cap and gown.
I must have been a tomboy, as I do remember hiking into the valley to pick those delicious mountain apples.
Remember climbing trees (and those tree limbs were really weak), but had to pick the best ones
which were up high and at the end of the limbs. It's is a wonder that I'm still alive!
The balloon-like flowers, that I had completely fogotten about, were called "fuzuki".
Boiled them in salt water to soften then wrapped in waxed paper to avoid having them drying out.
We challenged each other by blowing them up, holding the ends to try and pop the others' balloon.
What simple games we played, but so much enjoyment. Thank you, Robert for triggering those memories.

I have a suggestion for Pearl and the Reunion Committee: Would it be feasible to plan a craft fair at one or our reunions?
So many of our classmates have "hidden talents" that would be nice to share.
Of course, we know of Roy Okano, the artist/photographer, I am into designing costume jewelry,
Seda Deguchi Pratz designs kimino jackets (from authentic kimonos) and bags made from authentic obis,
Carol Mito (Robert's wife) makes designer leis, etc. And who else??
Know there are many more of our classmates talented in handmade crafts as well.
We could rent space or tables to display products for sale.
Many of us have wanted to see and purchase photos taken at all previous reunions,
so we could set up a table for display, sale and taking of orders.
A different twist for maybe a 1/2 day of fun besides dinner, golf and gambling.
Would love to get feedback. Just an idea...Mahalo, Elsie Tanaka Ayers

----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty Ing
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 10:15 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 31 / 09 update )

Oh my gosh!!!

Now I remember the panic from the decorating party. It was a co-ed party. There were several cars.
I think Carole Masuda drove one. I didn’t , which was rather unusual.

When we got to McKinley that night we found the flag pole was in the middle of the field that separated the two
parallel rows of trees that bordered the rectangular field.
The field was relatively flat with grass. There was bright moonlight so we had plenty of light.
As we looked at the flag pole we realized for the first time that the narrow ledge on which the McKinley High
flag pole stood was above our heads and none of us had a ladder.
You had to climb a lot of steps to even get to that narrow ledge.
But we had worked so hard that it would have been a shame not to complete our mission.

So we put our heads together. We couldn’t go home to get a ladder because that might abort the whole mission.
Our parents would likely become suspicious as to why we needed a ladder that late at night
and they probably would not let us get out of the house again.
After talking about what to do it was decided that the rest would lift me up to the ledge because I was the smallest one
wearing pants who had been a JPO and knew how to lift and lower a flag.
I was told to hold onto the pole with my left arm, untie the rope and tie the balloons, streamers etc to the flag hook and,
in turn, hoist everything to the top.
I was doing this as quickly as I could and began winding the rope around the metal hook to secure
the balloons and streamers to the top of the flag pole, as if they were flags.

What none of us knew was that the McKinley had a groundskeeper who lived on the grounds.
He had heard us and had called the police.
Anyway, we heard the groundskeepers dog and then sirens.
Everyone ran back to the cars and drove away.
There I was, up in the air, in a panic clinging to the flag pole realizing that in their panic the others had forgotten about me.

I was stuck on the narrow ledge helplessly holding on.
I looked down to see if I could jump down clear to the dirt or grass.
But the cement steps under me went too far out for me to land on dirt or grass.
I thought I would probably break a leg or ribs or die if I jumped.

What was racing through my mind was that the police couldn’t miss me in the bright moonlight
and my parents were going to kill me when I got caught by the police.

Talk about karma, the groundskeeper didn’t see me …
because he ran under me intent on trying to catch up with the cars as they drove off the McKinley campus.
The police cars did not drive onto the McKinley High campus because the groundskeeper told them that the cars had driven off.
The sirens stopped.

After awhile I realized that the police had gone but I was still on the ledge, so I went into a new panic.
This time I was worrying that morning would come and the whole McKinley High student body would find me on the ledge
hanging onto the flag pole or dead, having fallen off the ledge.

What I didn’t remember was that I had told my brother ahead of time what we were planning to do.
Early in the morning, I think about 3 AM, when I didn’t get home he knew something had gone wrong.
He drove to McKinley with his friends to check on me. They rescued me.
I promised myself that I would never do anything like this again.
I probably was subdued the next morning because of such close calls.
I knew if I were on the ground when I heard the sirens I certainly would have forgotten about the one on the ledge
and would have high tailed it out of there.
I think I blocked this out all these years.

Anyone remember who were the other partners in crime?

Thanks Junie for remembering what led up to the decorating part because I had forgotten all about “bird legs”
(the nickname some gave to DeMello).

And thanks Hal for bringing us and our memories together.
Each of us remembers an aspect of what happened and together we can look back at a truly amazing time.


----- Original Message -----
From: manuel mattos jr
To: hal
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 9:36 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 31 / 09 update )

aloha everyone, manny mattos here. thanks for the emails from all of you.
i don't have any early year memories with all of you.
i went to st. patrick's elem. for 8 yrs. but i can still share a story of me when i was 4yrs old.
i was living in kakaako at the time and i remimber a large truck passing my house.
i walked out of our yard and followed that truck to ward ave , up to kapiolani blvd. then went kokohead with me behind.
this was during the war years. some how i got lost i just keep on walking.
the police found me that night sleeping in a pig farm in upper manoa.
i guest the pigs were squealing and the farmer came and found me .
true story. my last year at kaimuki we moved to moanalua guarden's and never went back to kaimuki.
spent all my times with my wife who was a sophomore at farrington. been together for 49 years, best move i ever made.
well hope you like my story . i am not a good emailer but put me in front a lager group of people and i can speak for hours,
poor speller good speaker.
well that's one story from me have many many more. hope all of you are in good health, god bless, manny
p.s. i might be in honolulu in oct. to make a hawaiian spear from uhiuhi , a rare hawaiian wood,
on the ground's of the royal hawaiian hotel. again god bless, manny

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 6:20 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 31 / 09 update )

Wow, the memory retention capabilities of the KHS ‘60’s Class is simply amazing!
It is great to see Betty Ann and now June Y. weighing in.
I saw Betty Ann quite often in my 6 years in Washington DC.
I got together with June and her husband a few times before that because they lived in Southern California
but had lost touch since I moved first to DC and now having to work in Sacramento.
Travelling 200 days a year makes it hard to plan anything.
I grew up on Downtown Honolulu living across the street from the old Hosoi Morturary (Yes we knew the days
the crematorium was working from the smoke coming out of the chimney and a smell that I will never forget),
on Nuuanu way before it was called the Pali HIghway and was only 2 lanes wide.
My playground was the Foster Botanical Gardens and exploring the Nuuanu Stream bed.
I attended the Royal School next to the Pacific Club on a street whose name escapes me.
Even as a very young kid I remember watching great columns of soldiers, trucks and tanks going down Nuuanu
heading toward the harbor to ship out to the South Pacific.
We lived about a ¼ mile mauka of the Nuuanu/Vineyard intersection.
At first, my father ran a little diner on Nuuanu near that intersection called the “Tumble Inn”.
Above the diner was a rooming house where single people rented rooms.
I remember my father pointing out a jagged “puka” above the diner’s entrance.
He claimed a piece of shrapnel came from either a bomb or antiaircraft shell that exploded by the nearby intersection
during the attack that occurred on December 7, 1941 on Pearl Harbor.
My family moved to Kaimuki in 1973 and I attended Waialae Elementary, Kaimuki Intermediate and then Kaimuki High.
I do remember so many of the people who are sharing their memories and am grateful for their sharing as it has jogged
so many pleasant mental pictures of such a wonderful and precious time in my life.
One little story to share was that my mother told me that at one PTA meeting at Kaimuki Intermediate she was sitting next to
Mrs Suzuki who, I think , was the Librarian at the school library.
Mrs. Suzuki said that she caught me reading in the Library one of the volumes of the Encyclopedia and that I told her
my intended goal was to read the Encyclopedia from A to Z. I would then be finished.
The librarian said she didn’t have the heart to tell me that each year, the company printed a Supplement
to update items in the main collection and that I could never ever finish reading it.
A couple of months later, my parents bought the set and I finished reading from A to Z at home.
I am sorry to say that I will be at a conference either in Washington, DC or Lexington, VA up to the day before April reunion .
I will try to make the Vegas get together.

August 31, 2009

Sooo.... June, Bing and 'others'... you guys were the kolohe ones.
I remember well, hearing-reading about that incident back then.
If it was an open secret I never heard it... no one ever named the culprits... until now : )

Nuk, you brought back a lot of memories for me of our poultry farm... good and not so.
And no, maybe we don't want to delve into the inner workings of your mind...
observing from the outside is intimidating enough.

Roy, Richard and I believe Stanley(?) Murata had the family feed store where the Shell gas station sits now.
Thomas Murata, their cousin, lived several streets Ewa and towards Diamond Head.
There was another Murata classmate, Doreen, who was related... Sister? Cousin? Can't remember.
I'm sure Slug will correct me on all counts if I'm wrong... he lived nearby.
Your description of painting and washing up does bring up vague memories of kindergarten...
vomiting females though are probably a suppressed one... I don't remember... incident or her.


----- Original Message -----
From: June Yanazawa Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 9:12 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 30 / 09 update )

Hello Everyone!
I want to thank you for sharing such great memories! You all have such amazing powers of recollection.
I feel like I’m reading a continuing story and look forward to each day’s installment.
I have been married to a guy from Japan (40 years, 2 kids) and we have traveled to Japan many times
but haven’t made it back to Hawaii much.
I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion next April.
I attended Aliiolani Elementary until they did away with the English Standard System.
My mom decided then that it would be better for me to attend a school closer to home
so I transferred to Liliuokalani after 3rd grade.
I will forever be thankful to my mom for making that decision because otherwise
I would not have attended Kaimuki Intermediate and Kaimuki High Schools and met all of you.
The only other person I remember who changed schools at the same time was Ted Kobayashi.
Bing and our other “partners in crime” … I remember that before the McKinley/Kaimuki football game one year,
we decided to sneak into McKinley High School at night and decorate their campus with our school colors.
It was an open secret and a bunch of us, including Mrs. DeMello, who was the student government advisor,
were in on the plan.
We prepared ahead of time by blowing up green and gold balloons and cutting streamers of green and gold crepe paper.
Mrs. DeMello was right along side of us cutting streamers and yelling “Remember, I don’t know a thing!
If anyone finds out about this, I don’t know a thing!” The day after the “decorating party” took place,
a picture of the McKinley statue covered in green and gold made the local newspaper!
Gerri … Right after Ala Moana Shopping Center opened in 1959,
you and I went there looking for part time jobs and got hired at Music City.
It was my first job other than on our family’s chicken farm. We got paid minimum wage which was 90 or 95 cents an hour.
Our boss (Mr. Chang) was very demanding and had no qualms about yelling at an employee in front of a store full of customers
if he thought the employee did something wrong which was why no one ever worked there for long.
But because he reminded me of my grandfather and I was used to being yelled at,
I ended up working there throughout the rest of high school and part of college.
Mr. Chang actually taught me some very valuable lessons about working hard and taking responsibility for my mistakes.
Hal … A special thank you to you for taking the time to keep this going and for posting all those pictures!
The ones from Elementary and Intermediate school are priceless!

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Nukushina
To: hal
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 4:54 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories

Harold, Roy, & Gerri,
Roy, where was this Aa'la Place?
When I was very young, my aunt had a chicken farm out in the Kahala area,
where it had a barren wind swept look to it with Kiawe trees over the red earth all pointing
in the direction of the tradewinds giving it a beautiful but forbidding look.
We drove over a dirt road to her place where we usually spent the night.
They had a large round galvanized furo that could easily fit four kids inside.
My cousins drank raw cow's milk and one of them couldn't stand the smell of it.
There were other farms in the area but not close by. I'm wondering if they were in Aa'la.
This was before I attended school. Later, they move to Waimanalo (Miyata's).
We collected eggs amid the fragrance of ammonia, helped candle them,
fed them through a mechanized device which sized them, and put them in cartons.
They had an egg cleaning machine that had these fine sandpaper loops to sand off crud.
They had incubating ovens in a small barn, and a chicken de-feathering rolling machine
which you don't want to be close to when it's operating unless you enjoy smelling like chicken for a week.
Once, I gave a chick that wasn't doing well to my aunt.
She looked at it, and threw it hard on the barn floor pushing up dust and feathers;
now dead as a door nail; that was quite traumatic for a young kid.

Like you Roy, I also did art work when I was young, and many relatives thought I should go to the Academy of Art,
but my mother instead discouraged me, because she thought artists starved to death or cut their ears off.
In the 7th grade, Wallace Nakaoka and I produced tempora water color paintings in art class that were chosen
along with a dozen paintings to be displayed and shown across the country.
Wallace did a seascape. My painting came from my memory of Manoa.
If you drive deep into Manoa valley and look to the right, there was a notch in the mountain,
which is less evident now due to the growth of trees.
That was the background and I put Manoa Falls coming down from the notch into the pond that was on Dexter's farm.
There was a shower type tree on the left and undergrowth which I tried to duplicate at my current house,
and other trees and shrubs surrounding the pond.
I chose to keep mine which I taped on the wall of my room.
When I was preparing to fly to the mainland for my job after graduating UH,
I tried to take down the painting but the news print paper just crumbled into pieces.

Gerri, I too haven't made the leap of faith that the new Takushi is the real one.
Is the new old one, that same as the old new one? I guess I'll have to talk to him one of these days.
Regarding my memory, I never thought there would be a day, that some people would think
I have a "photographic" memory.
I must be living too long. Oddly enough, I often wished I had a better memory,
but it's too much work to use memory tricks and training.
My memory was near photographic before I attended school, not unusual for kids.
If you handed me a picture of animals, for say, 20 seconds, I could recall virtually all of them.
If you handed me a page with text on it, not the same, I wouldn't remember much.
I lost that ability after attending school without realizing it until we had a test using a picture
(of a potted plant, jagged leaves and bell like flowers) in art class in 7th grade
where we had a whole minute to view the picture and I did poorly.
I think education kills photographic memory because of the use of text.
I think it's normal for humans to have an image type memory.
Males are visual which explain why I liked Look and Life magazines, including some of the comic books.
In college, I could remember a motion picture, scene by scene, up to about a week.
I couldn't do that today even after five minutes after a movie.
Maybe because I'm too easily distracted at this age. As Jay Leno said,
"There's a name for people who are Attention Deficit." They are called 'Men'." Guilty!
When I was younger with a better memory, it not only included vague color images (not pictures),
but also smells, emotions, hot or cold, and even sounds which I think helps remembering
since all this information is stored in different parts of the brain.
I still don't think my memory is exceptional, but as Roy said earlier, I have an ability to recall
the memories that may be better than others.

No, I didn't know about the Military set aside in Manoa, but I do remember the lower part of Manoa had large houses,
lots, and nice large lawns, with mostly haoles living there.
Do you remember the house with that large plumeria tree in front?
From where the new Manoa school was to be built to my home it was just alfalfa grass all over the place,
and from the road, I couldn't see the farm crops, if there were any.
Homes/farms were far apart on the upper part of Manoa.
Across the street from my house, there was a steep bank covered with alfalfa,
but above that there were rows and rows of lettuce growing on dark brown earth.
That farm land had large sloping terraces as you went up the hill which got steeper.
To the right of bank was a long rocky light brown dirt road that went up that hill.
There was a three home compound about 300 ft. up, that was home to three generations in the family,
each in their own house.
There were only two kids living there w/mom in the small dark green house, a small tree in front with a swing hanging from it;
Gloria and her little brother. Gloria was my sister's age.
Manoa was a large playground for me.
Sometimes I went down to one of those river brooks, listened to the sounds of the water,
and wondered whether the sounds continued when I wasn't there.
Even when walking home from school past the large aluminum multiunit mailbox where the road forks,
I take the high road for about 70' looking forward each day to where there were these tall long-needle pine trees
growing next to each other, under which it always felt cool after a long walk under the hot sun,
and I stopped, maybe sit on the bed of brown needles, to listen to the breeze going through the pine needles
making an erie harmony of wailing sounds while some of the branches rubbed against each other making creaking sounds.
From there, I was only ten minutes from home.
Moving to Kaimuki to a house with a 60X60 lot was like going to jail.
Manoa was growing when I left while Kaimuki was old established and nothing changed when I was there.
New homes were being built on the Ewa side of Manoa Rd and I had to slop through mud on the road
when it rained after they graded the area.
When I started 3rd grade, there were two temporary bldgs built in front my previous 2nd grade bldg for the new 2nd graders.


----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 4:21 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 30 / 09 update )


Ala'a Place was about 1/2 mile from the "Boy's Home".
It was a dirt road that went up over a hill near Diamond Head.
My father and his friends would go hunting for doves in the crater and my mother would cook them (the doves) for dinner.
They were quite good. The doves back then were large; bigger than the Chinese ring-necked dove,
but smaller than pigeons.
We used to scare drivers by rolling down the hill in tires.
We stopped when the police took us home to our parents.
We got the works. Police were nice guys back then.
They knew we'd catch more hell from our parents.

Didn't the Murata (Richard and Clarence (?)) family have a feed store on Waialae?
I think it was located where Zippy now resides.
There were lots of little businesses where Kahala Mall resides.
My grandfather took his truck to a mechanic there.
Remember the faceless-legless woman in the women's bathroom at the Waialae Drive-Inn?
She's now at the Kahala Mandarin Hotel parking lot stairs. Don't all go running to see her.
Speaking of the Drive-Inn, we used to sit by the back fence and watch the movies.
We often would climb the fence (no barbed wires back then) during the day
and turn up the volume dials on the boxes along the back fence.
Sometimes we asked the patrons to turn up the volume for us.
Most obliged, but some said "Buy a ticket" or worse, "F--k you". It was fun.
Sitting under the stars and watching free movies while snacking on junk food.
Wish there were girls. Hahaha. Back then, you girls had class.
You wouldn't sit in the brush with a bunch of guys with raging hormones. Or would you?

Hal. We might have been in the same class. The classes were large.
The room was divided in half and there were two teachers.
I enjoyed painting day. We all had A-framed easels and two shared an easel.
I loved to mess with the paints. Cleaning up was fun.
They had long porcelin sinks out front with four faucets.
When we washed our painting gear, the water changed colors. It didn't take much to entertain me.

I remember a girl who always vomited. I don't know what was wrong with her.
Once she sat across from me at the lunch table.
I know, but let me finish. Everything was going fine. We ate our lunch.
Maybe it was Spanish rice. She drank her milk (from a glass bottle).
I finished mine. We sat at the table until the teacher told us to take our trays to the counter.
The girl sat there and smiled and, yes she vomited.
Strangely, I was not upset; I was more intrigued. Don't ask. Do you remember who she was?

Ooops. Gotta go.

August 30, 2009

Roy, when you mentioned Mrs. Chong and kindergarten, that triggered a tiny bit of memory...
we probably were in the same class... we being you, myself and my sister... no, don't ask... I don't
have any other recollections of kindergarten right now other than Mrs. Chong being the teacher : )
Whereabouts was Aa'la Place ? Or better still, what's in it's approximate place ?

Gerri, I'll be in the area Sunday so I can drop by almost any time... but planned anyway to be at
the Ala Moana Center Centerstage in the early afternoon to catch parts of the HCCB concert.
I've always enjoyed good live music no matter the genre... well... maybe not the stuff kids listen to today.

Roger, your L5 reminded me of L7 references back then... kind of the same thing ?
I remember old ceramic pieces that we made stored at my parent's place but can't be sure if they
were made through the elementary school or during summer sessions at Kaimuki YMCA.


----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2009 4:59 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 29 / 09 update )

Thank you Elsie for stopping by my website and for your kind words.
We artists like to hear positive comments and constructive criticisms.
Thanks to Bob (Nuk), Chester, and Ruth, I can afford to eat.

I enjoy reading Bob's adventures as a young boy; very descriptive and colorful.
Almost as good as reading the adventures of Huck Finn.
I lived at Ala'a Place until the second grade. It no longer exists. It is part of Kahala now.
There were pig farmers and flower farmers in the area. It was great fun feeding the pigs and working the flower farm.
I attended Waialae Elementary; K to 1st grade. Mrs. Kauhane was one of my teachers and she taught me water color painting.
She spoke to my mother about sending me to art school, but was told that it would be impossible; too poor.
Of course it was more important to buy food than paint.
Mrs. Kauhane was a wonderful teacher. When I left her class, she gave me my first paint brush; a number 8 round.
My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Chong, sent one of my paintings to the Academy of Arts children's show.
It was my 15-minutes of glory.
That is how I got to be friends with Mrs. Kauhane; she thought I had potential.
Even back then, I was painting yellow-haired girls. My parents didn't think much of my desire to paint.
Later in my years, others have told me I can't paint. Screw them. LOL.
I still like to paint, but would probably make more money painting houses.
I learned photography from my dad, who had set up a dark room in one of our bathrooms.
I was hooked the first time I saw my image materialize in the developing tray.
It was only after I retired that I seriously pursued photography. By then the digital age all but killed film.
I get a lot of support and encouragement from friends.
It's a good thing I have my pensions and SS. Otherwise, I couldn't do what I do.

Retirement also gave me a chance to seek out friends from the past; Air Force buddies and school friends.
Mel Asai and I were stationed at Tachi. Or so I think. He was a General's Aid and carried a walkie-talkie whereever he went.
I recall one afternoon while playing tennis with him, he got a call and had to dash off. Just like that; "Gotta go."
He was the only 2nd Lieutenant who lived off-base in a very nice apartment.
He always carried himself well; military bearing as we called it. My wife was impressed with him.
I think he dated white girls too. Last I saw him, he owned a white Porsche.
I spoke with him yesterday and we plan to meet for lunch at Waioli Tea Room next month. Anyone want to join us, let me know.
I like the ambiance there and their Curry Chicken Salad is super good.
I love good food and eating is one of my hobbies. Italian is my favorite, followed by Mexican.

----- Original Message -----
From: Gerri Barcenas Digmon
To: hal
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2009 9:43 AM

Harold, Takushi, Imada

Takushi, wow such great details.
During our time as far as I am concerned, regardless how schools were categorized based on those years,
to me we lived in not a perfect world but a wonderful virtuous time when most fell back on basic principles,
respect and standards which pretty much were de rigueur where interaction between school students were easily accepted.
Well kept schools, pretty good lunches, "interesting teachers" to name a few.
Tom, I still have great difficulty in reconciling your lean mean body and face with the "chubby round cheek friend
that I knew in the 50S nevertheless the bewitching personality and smiles are still there.

Imada, mahalo for the info, Jack and I may be in the area and although I pulled out the annual
shall we look for the angelic face that is in the year book, will look for you.

Nuk you are simply amazing if u don't have a photographic memory those vivid details described are exceptional,
did u know that the housing in Manoa was set aside for returning military men for a set period.
My grandparents lived there for a short while before purchasing a Waimanalo farm.
I recall the neighbors being like family they had impeccable yards with pruned hedges.
Nuk you have to meet with all of us when you visit, such interesting tidbits. So, when will u be in town. Keep well.

Harold, busy bee as you are, if you would like to join up for coffee, let us know. Gerri DB

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2009 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 29 / 09 update )

I have two ceramic ducks which I made during the fifth grade-"Roger L5" is inscribed on the bottom.
The classes were in the school basement. I recall a visit to the lady's home in Manoa.
The ceramics lady must have made stops at many elementary schools.
I wonder whether if anybody else has any ceramic figures at home.

August 29, 2009

Nuk, so that's where those ash-trays my sister and I had back then came from.
We know we made those in elementary school but couldn't remember where/when.
So much for your allusion to my great memory.
No problem with band-width... and that's what this e-BB is for... good stories/memories.

Takoosh, sorry... like I said, so much for my memory... mixed up Waialae and HInd dairies.
Also mis-read your 'from' as 'to' Liliuokalani... just about ready now for the 'senior zoo'.

Looks like I will be taking in the offerings of the Honolulu Community Concert Band this Sunday...
for Ala Moana Center's 50th Anniversary... will let you all know if and how much you missed.


----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2009 4:34 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories

Elsie, if my memory is so good, why can't I recall anyone saying that to me ever?
Outside of the bedroom, of course; even then, I was usually alone.
No, I don't have a photographic memory.
It was even pretty good ten years ago, but I never considered it exceptional.
My memory has a lot of junk, including more memories of Manoa Elementary school.
Did you attend the kindergarten school that was across the street on the mauka side?
I have lots of memories of growing up in Manoa; hiking to the falls,
picking mountain apples on the steep slopes,
plucking guavas from trees off the side of the road,
getting stung by a nest of Yellow Jackets,
gently blowing up those cylindrical shaped flowers like tiny balloons,
catching swordfish in the streams,
listening to the loud echoing roar of thunder roll across the mountains,
watching the gravel Manoa Road turn into a river during storms,
sitting up in the Hau tree eating a sandwich, etc., etc.
I lived in the white house off to the right just as you entered Paradise Park
when it used to be a business (long gone now).
When you entered Paradise P., off to the right and down the slope was where my friend Dexter,
and younger brother Jimmy had lived.
Like most farm homes in Manoa during that time, the main house was separated about 20' to 30'
away from the working area shelter where tools were stored in the open on the walls,
and a roof bridged between the two structures so vehicles could either park or pass through.
There was also a barn, this one with a raised flooring above an uneven slope.
There was a large koa pond, water cress in the streams. red/white ginger plants, crotons, gardenias etc.
The farm covered quite a few acres. Paradise P. was originally his family's farm.
I would play all day there because they had so many toys, scooters, tricycles, mini mechanical cars, etc.
I had nothing. I didn't have a telephone in the house either.
Dexter found a spot on his property and used to shout my name, and if I was outside I could hear it,
and I had to stand just outside the garage (a very old two car wood structure with rusty corrugated tin roof,
and white chalk sandstone for a floor bed) side door to shout back.
That's how we communicated and how he invited me to his playground.
I think he eventually went to McKinley.
After I moved to Kaimuki, I ran into both when my family went to see an aunt off on the Lurline.
They were both wearing very nice black and gold jackets.
It's hard for me to imagine you walking in the mud to school. You were so well dressed in class.
I used to walk from Manoa Elemen. to home every day; a distance of 2+ miles.
About half way home on Manoa Rd was where a lady artist lived where one of my classes
(our 4th grade class, right Harold?) made an excursion for a class on pottery on her large property.
We all mostly made ash trays which we glazed. She later fired them, and delivered them to the classroom.
It was a long walk home, rain or shine, every day, all on two tiny musubis for lunch, no breakfast.
About a half dozen times, an older kid picked me up on his bicycle and I either sat on the handle bars
or the cross bar; it was hard on a bony butt.
BTW, my 1st and 2nd grade teacher was Mrs Miyasaki, but not 100% sure.
Harold is very modest about his great memory. Sorry Harold, for taking up bandwidth with Manoa stuff.
I haven't visited Roy's website in a long time. I have three of his pictures and want to get more
but I keep thinking I'm moving back to Hawaii.

----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Takushi
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 3:42 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 28 / 09 update )


Correction on the direction. I meant to say east ( Koko Head) and not west of Waialae Iki..
As far as know I never saw or heard of a small zoo at the old Hind Clark Dairy.
Why they sent us to Aina Haina School instead of Waialae Elementary was beyond our control.
I guess being a brand new school, the DOE needed to fill the empty builds..

Besides having nice new classrooms, it was also feeder to private schools like Iolani, Punahou,
UH lab school, and Stevenson ( English Standard ).
In fact our classmates were the last ones who did get a chance to enter Stevenson and then
on to Roosevelt High School.
So some our classmates where scattered all over the island, attending all different middle
schools and finally high schools.
We attended Kaimuki because we were not chosen or met a certain criteria to attend those
schools that I mentioned earlier.
Enough said about years gone by.
We still all attended a good middle school and finally graduated from a great high school..
It must have been great because we are still communicating with one another after all these years.
See you later...


August 28, 2009

Tom, totally forgot about Aina Haina and didn't know about the transfer
to Lilliuokalani... why not Waialae Elementary ?
Quick history note... the Hinds Clark Dairy also had a small zoo on it's grounds,
something like the one at Waialae Dairy... both of which I never saw.

Got the below a while back from a KHS '61 schoolmate... forgot to pass it on.
I may be in the area that Sunday... if I am, will definitely try to drop by...
anyone else thinking of doing the same ?

----- Original Message -----
From: Warren Imada
To: unidentified recipients
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 4:49 PM
Subject: oldies big band concert AUGUST 30, SUNDAY, 2:00PM Ala Moana center stage

Hey y'all, I've been diligently rehearsing with the Honolulu Community Concert Band
for the 50th anniversary of Ala Moana Center (lots of publicity in the media).
Our 2:00 concert naturally will feature a 60's theme with such memorable, danceable goodies
as Quiet Village (complete with bird sounds), classical rock & roll such as Silhouettes,
Barbara Ann, Johnny Be Good, Broadway favorites to include Annie, What I did for Love,
Mame, Hello Dolly, et al.

These rehearsals have really been fun for me due to the great selections.

Please forward to others of our "generation" who may be interested in attending.

----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas Takushi
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 7:14 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 28 / 09 update

Hi Hal,

Since the subject about feeder elementary schools to Kaimuki High was brought up,
the only one left out is Aina Haina Elementary.
All the students west of what is called Waialae Iki attended this school.
Majority of us were transferred from Liliuokalani, to this newly built school.
I believe prior business that occupied this property was the Hind Clark Dairy..
Keep those e--mails coming, they make some very interesting daily reading.


August 28, 2009

Nuk, I guess you got your answer from Elsie below.

Elsie, as they say, 'almost is not good enough'... and that almost is with the benefit of reading all
the emails with their memories... which refreshes mine... well before others do.
By the way, Manoa Elementary adds to the list of Elementary 'feeder' schools that were around back
then... the others I (now) know about: Palolo, Liholiho, Liliuokalani, Waialae, Waikiki... which ones
have I missed... I know there are other elementary schools in the 'feeder' area but not sure or can't
remember if they were around back then. The Intermediates: Kaimuki, Washington, Stevenson...
any others ? Same as the Elementary , there are others now but not sure if they were feeders then.

Gerri, spotted a name or two in the 'email recipients' list above who live in LV... and a few others who
go so often they practically live there... I'll let them ID themselves.

Betty, Kane may have transferred to another school as his pic doesn't show up after our Soph year.
The others are on the KHS graduation list and likely on Pearl's mailing list except for Shirley Ching,
who is on still on the 'missing' list.

Reunion meeting last night was short and went smoothly with fourteen classmates sitting in:
Pearl, Chester, Bobby, Marjorie, Ron, Muriel, Carl, Frances, Roy, Hal, Myron, Francine, Gordon
and visiting Californian Samuel Pang.
Items discussed: newsletter with 'official' announcements will be mailed out a couple of months from
now after all relevant info and confirmations are in for both the April and October reunions... a golf
event is being planned by Ron for sometime during the April reunion weekend... a suggestion was
made for possibly some kind of island tour-get-together for visiting expatriates and locals during and
around the April reunion date, something Muriel will look further into... any suggestions for other kinds
of relevant activities during that time period appreciated... a small committee was formed to initiate
setting up a fund-raising recipe-cook-book sale project to help offset reunion expenses... relaying an
appeal from the committee to share any recipes you have to add to this recipe-cook-book. You can
email it/them to me or mail it/them to Pearl Shimooka Mori.

Mahalo, Hal

----- Original Message -----
From: Nuk
To: hal
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 4:40 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 27 / 09 update

In a message dated 8/27/2009 8:59:53 AM Pacific Daylight Time, hal writes:
August 27, 2009

Elsie, Mae, and others... are you not convinced now that Nuk always carried and wrote
into a notebook diary back then ? Bet he still does.
Harold, while I'm 99% certain that Elsie T. was in my 3rd grade class, there's still that 1% she was not.
I never asked her later, but I thought I should finally find out.
I really enjoyed the kids in Manoa and wonder what they are doing now.
No guarantee on my memory as it's just a faulty as any one else's. nuk

----- Original Message -----
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 8:56 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 27 / 09 update

Robert, you are absolutely amazing!
I am not kidding, you must have been born with a photographic memory.....
otherwise, impossible to remember all the details....3rd grade???
Yes, I did go to Manoa Elementary and remember Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Noble and principal, Mrs. Gates.
If you had not mentioned these names, I would never have remembered on my own.
AND, whatever that incident was in front of the class (which I don't remember),
don't you dare embarrass me by posting it.
What comes to mind, however, is that we walked to the newly opened Manoa Elementary
(which was quite far) everyday, took the muddy road, played with the tad poles along the way
and had to wash our muddy feet before entering the classroom.
Since Hal mentioned you walking around with a notebook, he and many others just can't figure out
how it's possible for you to remember so many incidences.
Actually, Hal you're almost as good too.

Roy: Visited your website..awesome photos! Lost touch with you as I moved,
changed service provider and lost most of my e-mail contacts.
I will be sending you some photos that someone sent me that I know you'll appreciate.
Can't spend too much time on the computer, as I'm bothered with blurred vision.
So nice just reading others banter back and forth. Aloha, Elsie Tanaka Ayers

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 8:46 AM

Harold/Elsie, Are there other of our classmates living in Las Vegas using this email discussions,
if so, please identify yourself.
Elsie, we may be in your area next week, if so will call you to "talk story" somehow depending on your schedule.
Aloha Gerri DB

----- Original Message -----
From: Betty Townsend
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 7:11 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 27 / 09 update

Looking over the list of classmates, I don't see these names:
Shirley Ching, Elaine "Cookie" Carias, Pearl Chun, Clara Miura.
Does anyone know where they are or if they are still alive.
Also Kane Kamai, he use to hang around with David Rodrigues whom I know has passed away.
I so enjoyed seeing Charlene Mau and Jane Mock in one of the teahouse reunion pictures.

This is so neat seeing so many familiar names in these emails.

Betty (Violet Chung-Hoon) Townsend

August 27, 2009

Elsie, Mae, and others... are you not convinced now that Nuk always carried and wrote
into a notebook diary back then ? Bet he still does.
Jean... that'd be great if you find something in that LL box for the rest of the classmates
to reminisce about... I'll see if I can get Roger or Carl up to Skagway to retrieve them.
Roy, thanks for the tip on HAL... haven't been to the neighbor islands in years... maybe...
see you... the collective all of you... at the reunion meeting tonight.


----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 4:46 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories

Elsie Tanaka Ayers, I'm quite surprised you remembered me.
The class I remember we had together was in 3rd grade in Mrs. Brown's class at Manoa Elementary.
If that wasn't you, then there was this girl named Elsie that looked like your twin, just as cute, and just as smart;
a very intimidating combination.
Mrs. Brown accused you of something in front of the whole class, which I won't get into because I don't believe her.
I also had a run in with Brown when she accused me of something in front of the class, which was blatantly false.
Those accusations were so unforgivable for us kids who couldn't defend ourselves.
Our classroom was at the end of a long raised floor (4/5' high) bldg with a large verandah running it's length
with wide wooden stairways in front of each classroom.
The next bldg in line was the cafeteria.
Mrs. Noble's classroom was next to Brown's classroom, further down, an outside sink on the verandah,
then finally two more classrooms.
Brown washed out our classmate Margaret's mouth w/Ivory soap at the sink after she used a swear word;
it didn't work, and one can't do much after the soap ran out.
Margaret was a character, wore dresses and no underwear.
One day some of us spent some time in Mrs. Noble's English Standard class.
Nobles was quite annoyed with my sloppy arithmetic work and she had one of her students Dexter,
a good friend of mine, straighten me out.
Mrs. Brown liked to sleep on an army cot after lunch along with the rest of the class, and would assign
a couple kids to massage her legs. Remember that?
Later in the year, the kids would silently rotate massaging her with other kids w/o her knowledge
and had as many as six kids massaging her.
How didn't she know that? That was the first time I touched a woman's leg w/hose on.
That experience goes in the same category as taking my first sip of beer my uncle gave me
when I was only a few years old, and my first cigarette puff when I became a teen;
what's with the grown ups? Ice cream is better.
Remember the school library across the verandah side of our room located at the highest point of the campus
among those trees with clusters of tiny red B-B sized beads (used of Christmas wreaths).
From our room one could see the back side of the library where it sloped down to the retaining lava rock wall
that ran the length of our bldg.
There was a wide walkway that separated our bldg from the lava wall.
The stand-alone library bldg had it's entryway facing a large open grassy field opposite our classroom.
We used to go to the library once a week for about an hour when the librarian would read us the latest chapter
of the Box Car Kids, orange book, with black silhouette figures.
I really enjoyed their adventures. Mrs. Gates was the principal, a slim tall gray haired woman.
Do you remember a girl named Ellen?
She was a tom boy with pig tails, wore T-shirts and bib coveralls just like me and played with the boys during recess
on the back side of our classroom where there another large grassy area.
Usually, only the kids in our class played there, but a lot stayed on the verandah.
There was a kid named Salvador who later became a teen boxing champ and appeared on that weekly
boys television boxing show w/Frank Valenti hosting.
Remember those special lunches that the cafeteria put out about twice a year?
It was very inexpensive, something like ten cents. It was a brown bag with a sandwich, potato chips, candy bar, etc.
It sounded good but I stuck with my musubi home lunches from home; nori wrapped with either an ume, takuan,
or bonito shavings w/shoyu in the center; no wonder I was a skinny weightless kid.
I traded lunches with other kids a couple times and they didn't have it any better.
At the mid morning recess the cafeteria sold orange juice and buttered melba toast.

When I was attending the UH, I use to see Mae w/her boyfriend in Kaimuki from time to time,
the last two times in the narrow parking lot behind the stores, Ewa side of 12th avenue.
Each time I was going to a Chinese restaurant, not the best, but I wasn't paying.
Mae and Carole always seem to have this quiet perpetual smile. Ever see them frown?
Life can't be that good, or is it? Robert Nukushina

----- Original Message -----
From: WORLEY (Nakamura), JEAN M
To: Hal
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 2:00 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 26 / 09 update

Elsie: In my Lucky Lager box, I found the senior picture that you gave me in 1960. You haven’t aged one bit!!!!!
The only thing different is your hair is parted on the other side and you have mascara or eyeliner.
You have lived a gooo-ood life….well, you look like you have. I don’t know for sure. At least the
last 49 years are not etched in your face like mine. Good job of taking care of yourself. Hal, I wish
the cold weather preserved me but I think the furnace in our home just turned me into beef jerky. Ha. Ha.

My Lucky Lager box sure is bringing back a lot of memories for me….things I forgot I even had.
I have to FABREZE everything in this box, too. Will let you know if I find something worth sharing.
Maybe it’ll force me to learn how to e-mail from my digital camera. I’m still at the FAX level of
communication. I also still write letters even though my boss said, “Who writes letters anymore?”
Velma and Violet Noji Masuda do.

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 8:47 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 26 / 09 update

Hawaiian Airlines has a September inter-island special; $24.99 (one-way). Reservations must be done by the 31st.
It's a neat way to get away for the day.
We used to take the Red-Eye to Maui and had brunch or lunch and returned in the evening.
Hilo was better because we did not have to drive far to eat. It was fun. It was certainly different. Just a thought.

I may fly over to Kauai over the Labor Day week to do some photo work for Shirley Matsuo
and the Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Pearl, they are doing a cookbook. It will be their third. It will contain recipes from veterans along with their photos.
Carl, Roger, Ernest and other Vets can submit their recipes for inclusion. I can do your photos.

Enjoying the daily inputs to the "50 Years - memories and reunion". Seeing the names, familiar and not so, is great.
I hope we can have a smashing 50th reunion. I'm trying to convince guys like Nuk and Tim Choy to attend.
If I were super rich, I'd pay their way, but I'm not. I'm just another poor, starving artist trying to make his mark.

See you fellow committee members on the 27th.

August 26, 2009
Aloha Elsie... thanks for the response... it's you and the others who provide the memories, the stories...
and the smiles and laughs that they bring, tweaking our own memories from deep within...
my job is to provide the 'neon billboard' medium for all of that... and an occasional memory that might
somehow pop up from the dusty corners of the mind... as hopefully, all the rest of the classmates will.
That's one of the main reasons for doing this... that, and to have classmates connect and remain aware
of the great opportunity to do so personally at the upcoming reunions.
Looking forward to seeing you and the others in your 'hometown away from home' come October.
Mahalo, Hal

----- Original Message -----
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:15 PM
Subject: 50 Years - memories and reunion

Hi, Hal....As Carol mentioned, I also and so many of us are "silently", but thoroughly enjoying reading
the almost daily updates that you have put so much time and effort into.
Don't think you can even imagine how much enjoyment you have given to so many classmates...thank you so much!!

I am absolutely astounded on how you, Robert Nukushima (asked Mae Nakanishi to look up Robert's picture in yearbook-
then I said, "oh, that's him, now I remember), Chester, sweet Jean Nakamura, Gerri, etc. can remember so much detail
about days back then.
Your memory cells must still be on overload and mine are floating away with age.

Just wanted to applaud you Hal for putting this site together (so much work) and know that we are all keeping up
with happenings in Hawaii and enjoying your memories so much.
Mahalo again, Elsie Tanaka Ayers

August 25, 2009

Jean, I forgot about how the cold does that... but it's also probably the usually low humidity...
the combination tends to preserve and slow aging... even for people : )

Pearl, I will plan to be at the meeting.

Sandy, I've known you for 60 years or so but I could never figure out... or maybe remember... where you lived.
Same with Stella, Virginia and Pat... but yet somehow knew Carol lived on Oili for some reason.
Knew you and the others lived somewhere in that area because we'd sometimes be on the same bus.
The lane that we lived on didn't have street lights either...
but then, we lived only a few hundred feet from Kalanianaole Hwy...
lots of street lights there, even then... funny, back then, our classmates would be amazed
when we could spell Kalanianaole rapid-fire without thinking or blinking...
I'm LOL 'cuz I just now had to re-type it twice.
The Shimokawa twins, Alvin and Allan, lived on the same lane but much further in
so they had to do the similar creepy night treks sometimes.
We had a couple of older neighborhood kids who loved to tease and spook the younger ones...
they'd gather us together in an old cow pasture after the sun went down and only flashlights for illumination...
after several rounds of spooky ghost stories the Shimokawas left for home...
the older kids would sneak along the bush-lined lane making weird noises and rattling branches...
I'd laugh, watching the twins running home as fast as they could... from the safety of my bedroom window.
You're right... we could have a lot of fun back then without the issues the kids have today.

A few more pictures, courtesy of Pearl Shimooka Mori, posted on the 1991 reunion page:


----- Original Message -----
From: WORLEY (Nakamura), JEAN M
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 12:30 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 24 / 09 update

Are you kidding? Me, take a digital photo and e-mail? How do you do that?
You are getting them in a lump sum. It is only about the size of a 3-ring binder
maybe 2” thick in an old SEARS paper bag. There is no way I would have all
these newspapers if I lived in Hawaii. I was just commenting to my friend who
has a bunch of lumber in his garage that his wife wants him to use or give away,
“If you had that lumber in Hawaii for as long as you have had it in Alaska, the
termites would have made a pile of sawdust for you by now.” The newspapers
have been in our storage shed for 33 years and being in the cold I didn’t have to
worry about silverfish or whatever that insect is that eats up books. Oh, I just
remembered the pictures in the Lucky Lager beer box. Have to get them from
my car. Excuse me for awhile.

----- Original Message -----
From: Pearl.Mori
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2009 4:24 PM
Subject: REMINDER-reunion meeting

Thurs 8/27/09 Unity House 6pm.

Pearl B. Mori


----- Original Message -----
From: Sandra Fasone
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2009 2:45 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 24 / 09 update

Hi Harold,

I've been silently enjoying the reminiscing of our classmates with elephant-sized memories.
Some of the cobwebs have sloughed off and I've begun to recall memories
such as anxiously waiting for age so we could work at the cannery.
That was a big deal and so much fun even catching the bus after the night shift.
My kids would be horrified if they had to do that.
We lived in Waialae off of Oili Road and my grandparents had a chicken farm on an acre of BE land.
My mother worked so hard with 5 kids then helping to bag manure and sell eggs.
Stella Higa, Virginia Kakazu, Pat Torigoe lived up the road and Carol Hamasaki on the other side.
There were no street lights and my parents forced us kids to catch the bus
to attend language school after regular school.
This meant walking home on that creepy road after dark.
Summers were long and spent in the neighborhood playing - no summer school then.
We've now become such a paranoid bunch that our kids have never experienced the freedoms we had.
We had a truck garden in the back along with citrus trees, avocado, mango, papayas,
even a soursop tree and blackberry tree.
Clothes dried in the sun and then were sprinkled and ironed.
We left this area in 1960 after Bishop Estate reclaimed the land.

I'm one of those living on the east side so if you have another get together at Makai Market on a Sunday,
I'll be there!

Sandy (Akiyama) Fasone

August 24, 2009

Wow Jean ! I don't think I could find anything I had back in '76, much less something from the late '50s.
The 'Bulldogs' would be super helpful for our class 'memories' but please, I hope you're not going out of
your way to send them to me... I know it's a bother for you and can get expensive... maybe a digital
photo of each emailed a little at a time ?... we have 'til April '10 to pique the interest of classmates.
You're right on the name tags... at our age and eyesight, maybe a name 'placard' hung from the neck,
sized like ones for mug shots would work even better... I know it would work for me.
You and Boyd take care of yourselves, we need you up there and then at the reunions.

You're right Roger, should have been zapped out of it over the many times it's happened over the years...
but then, maybe I am finally 'out of it' and disorganized and disoriented from all those zaps... of course,
after nearly 50 years it's probably zap-induced early senility.

Have added additional pictures, courtesy of Pearl Shimooka Mori, to the 1991 Rainbow Teahouse reunion.

Would appreciate any help in identifying the classmates not identified or any corrections to IDs.


----- Original Message -----
From: Boyd & Jean (Nakamura) Worley
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2009 5:24 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 16 / 09 update )

Hi Hal: Well, my older son, Kevin, came up from Juneau and helped me clean out our large upstairs bedroom
that was full of building materials and stuff from remodelling the downstairs and also the shed behind our rental
that has had my personal belongings since 1976!!!
I did find every copy of THE BULLDOG for three years which I will mail to you after I spray them with FABREZE.
They are not offensively musty smelly. I was able to look through each one without getting an asthmatic reaction.
Sorry, I couldn't find the picture of the tree being planted or a story about the time capsule.
Funny, I can remember seeing a picture of the event in the paper in my mind. Weird.

I found a LUCKY LAGER box with pictures of classmates in cardboard frames.
It must be senior pictures that we would exchange. Haven't had time to look at each picture.
I'll probably take the box to work tonight and look at each one on the midnight shift.

I'm in favor of name tags with our high school picture and our name in size 36 font! LOL
I'm so fat and hagged out that I don't even recognize myself!!
I had a good weekend with my son helping while Boyd was working over-time.
We are three officers short so Boyd was forced to work when one of his officers came down with a sore throat and the flu.
We all are leery of anyone being sick so we all told him to, "STAY HOME". Talk to you later from work.

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2009 7:31 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 23 / 09 update )

Don't downplay your organizational skills. I'll take a gamble on any electrician who has "survived".
In my eyes, all who are/have been electricians for more than a few years are very well organized.

Harold and/or Geri:
Please consider an environment that is more conducive for conversation for the "hearing impaired"
like me when you're planning the next get-together.

August 23, 2009

Gerri... have no worry at all... paranoia maybe... but no worry... thanks for the vote of confidence.
So when and where is the next get-together that you'll be organizing again ? : )
It was a lot of fun... but also learned a lot more about the classmates... stuff I never knew
even after nearly 50 years... old childhood friends... 'calabash' relations... present day
small-world connections... 'you were there too ?' revelations... fascinating stuff.

Have posted another item of interest in courtesy
of Chester Otani... a mini-reunion of some S. Cal. and Hawaii classmates in Cerritos, CA


----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2009 1:17 PM
Subject: Ige's

Harold, not to worry about being an "organizer" I and perhaps some other classmates
are just grateful that you are the purveyor of information thru the internet otherwise
we would not be having such fun hearing all the lovely stories.
While the last get together had less friends, no misgivings on Jack and my part
we love getting together especially with one or more cherished old friends and others
to especially re-connect after all these years.
To me it is like an ohana gathering some make it others don't but whoever decides to join in
find and learn much more of the rich life everyone has and are experiencing
by meeting for just coffee or pupus whatever.
Everyone are refreshingly open to all subjects.
Fantastic! The conversations are more meaningful today,
but again Harold this is "our take" on seeing old friends again.
Chester lived only houses away from me but we really never talked as much as we did
(did not know his vast knowledge, it was only the tip of the iceberg),
the same with his cousins, Frances Mise and Marjorie Morimoto
and also Roger and we look forward to whenever we can "break bread" again.
Mahalo Harold. Aloha,Gerri DB

August 22, 2009

Gerri, agreed... good fun talking story... 'though have to admit having to strain to hear sometimes because of the noise level.
Good suggestion on a more casual get-together, like coffee-time at Makai Market... also better for us compromised-hearing ones too.
Unfortunate that more couldn't make it to Ige's but I believe most of those who thought of coming are from the East side of Oahu.
So you're right on sometimes having something closer to town somewhere.

Reiterating on previous posts - prefer not to be, or thought to be, the 'organizer' of such events/get-togethers... . don't have and
never had good organizational skills... just here to serve as a provider for an online 'Bulletin Board' for all of you.
Which brings up another point... besides the reunion info and memories from you all, this 'electronic Bulletin Board' - or henceforth 'eBB',
can also be used to post your get-together/meeting/whatevah info for your own group at wherever you are... out in West Oahu or
East District of Columbia or anywhere in-between... or elsewhere, Alaska even... you're more than welcome to post that info here.


----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2009 9:08 AM
Subject: Ige's Thursday

Harold, that was a great evening seeing and talking with old friends, consuming yummy food and the stimulating ambience.
Such fun talking about everything under the sun and dear Chester's incredibly organized pictures and memories of the past....fantastic.
Time got away from us again, didn't realize it was nearing 10p and Jack had to work today.
Gotta keep casually convening more often it is so enjoyable.
Perhaps another time soon just for coffee like at spacious Makai Market since I've been told somewhere in town would be preferable for others.
Too bad Ige's ran out of their delicious andagi because of the large dinner parties last night.
Jack and I loved it mahalo nui for a great time Harold. Gerri DB

August 20, 2009

Another quiet day on the front... but this evening at Ige's should liven things up.
Tomorrow is a proud day for Hawaii... lots of notable events have happened in August.
Statehood, Ala Moana Center opening, my birthday, etc.
Lots of firsts for Hawaii too... the President, World's Greatest Athlete, etc... and
apparently baseball and basketball sort of had their beginnings here too.

Anyone else out there who may have an idea on IDs in the class pics shown in


August 19, 2009

Thanks Carl... done.
I've been trying to find Madge's contact info through the years to reply to her...
ever since she tried to contact me through one of the classmates/reunion websites
where she saw me noting I had reunion pics posted elsewhere... of course the
classmates/reunion website won't show email addresses and I was too cheap to
pay to obtain any addresses as was required... glad she'll finally be able to see
the reunion pics albeit many years later.
Shinty, had good fun talking about you with your pal Bessie at the last Ige's get-together...
hope your ear nevah itch too much... looking forward to talking to you and hopefully
Bobby and Charlene this Thursday.


----- Original Message -----
From: CarlYasudaSr
To: Hal Oshiro
Cc: Keala Stibbard
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 9:39 PM
Subject: Another Classmate


Could you add Keala (Madge) Stibbard to your email list.
I will send her your last email.


----- Original Message -----
From: richard shintaku
To: 'Hal'
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 9:37 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 18 / 09 update )

Hal, I’ll stop by after work. Will be good to see you again. Hope Bobby Matsuda can make it. SHINTS

August 18, 2009


You don't know... well maybe you do... how helpful those picture/name tags were when they were used during the reunions.
It eased many an awkward moment... I'm sure the few (fairly) new attendees would appreciate seeing the names and pictures.
I never knew about your little game with the cutout pictures... I was bouncing back and forth between a friend's wedding
a few rooms away and the reunion... sounds like it was a lot of fun... maybe we should do it again for the 50th.
What I do remember though was the 'before and after' slideshow projected on the wall at the banquet beginning.
Lot of great ideas to bring up for the committee to ponder.


----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 9:19 AM

Harold, re: reunion, as u know our classmates picture name tags (taken from the annual)
have been used on some of our reunions (did not attend all) was so helpful in identifying
who we were speaking with as well as our dear departed classmates names were posted on bulletin boards.
However at the reunion that we held at Sheraton Waikiki although it was at the last moment
I asked Pearl to have cutout pictures of our classmates in a container and as people entered
we give them a cutout picture and told them to see if they could identify and find the face
somewhere at the party then to reintroduce themselves and "break the ice".
Amazing many found the person on the picture, but some could not but it was fun. Just a thought.
See u Thurs. Gerri Barcenas Digmon

August 17, 2009

Good points Bing... the reunion committee has done most of that in the past...
but I'm guessing time and finances got in the way as I don't recall some being done recently.
Besides current nicknames, like yours, maybe their old school ones as well.
We've got a whole bunch of techies and geeks in our class, one of whom could probably digitize the info.
Agree on the name reading on something as sensitive as deaths and serious illnesses.
At the 2005 teahouse reunion, the committee put up a poster listing of the deceased with their H.S. picture.
I'll try to mention reviving and implementing those points once again at one of the reunion committee meetings.

Posted some Waikiki Elementary class pictures, courtesy of Chester Otani, on:
Don't have IDs yet from Chester... spotted some familiar faces... any of you recognize the classmates who went on to KHS ?

Short takes on the Kaimuki Intermediate class pictures... noticed back then Otani and Shintaku were shorter than me...
Chester is now much taller than me... yeah I know... who isn't... and Richard is now much much taller than me.
'Course back then there were the girls who were on average just as tall or taller than the boys as I remember.

These Elementary and Intermediate class pictures with their familiar faces made me wonder...
what H.S. did those who didn't continue on to KHS with us go to ? For one, I know Sanford Murata went off
to, I believe, University High but then he still maintained contact with a lot of the KHS class... also Rex Horita, Jimmy Whorton,
Lucinda Ikeda and a whole bunch of others. Then there were those who transferred to other schools from Kaimuki HS...
Alvin Hirokane, Muriel Masumura, Bessie Shimabukuro, etc... glad some of those mentioned are still in contact or
enjoyed some of the reunions... hopefully the rest will somehow be able to do the same.


----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty Ing
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 8:58 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 16 / 09 update )

At my husband’s 44th class reunion this past weekend everyone spent most of the evening
trying to determine who the other people were. There were 750 people in his class.

At the end of the evening everyone talked about how they wished there were name tags for everyone, with:

· the high school names in large print (including the maiden names for the women) ,
· current nicknames, if any, and
· an old picture from the high school yearbook

Since everything can be digitized, a group volunteered to make this type of name tags for the next reunion.

Someone volunteered to collect the name tags after the reunion to store it for the next reunion.

Someone else suggested that once it is digitized you can put it on a memory stick and reprint whenever needed.

I am not a techie. Just a thought.

Also, the low point of the evening was the reading of the list of those who had died or couldn’t not attend because of illness.
Someone mentioned that it would have been better if instead of reading the list, the names were printed at the back of the program.

Just some thoughts.

August 16, 2008

Slow day... no new messages... guess everyone is out... getting a life.

Reminder: next week Thursday, 8/27... reunion meeting... 6PM at Unity House... drop by to listen in...
this week Thursday, 8/20... Ige's 5PM - 10PM or thereabouts.

Additional KIS class pictures posted in


August 15, 2009


Great if Bobby (Matsuda) and Charlene are able to come to Ige's... haven't seen them in ages.
Noticed your mentioning of the website but didn't see the link... so...

Would also love to see Brenda again... haven't seen her since, I believe, the 2005 teahouse reunion.

That makes 11 confirmed/possible for the get-together... and with the 'walk-ons' like the last time...
hopefully there'll be lots... it looks to be a really great and fun evening.


----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: Hal
Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 9:53 AM

Charlene, sorry that I could not email u last night.
Spoke w/Bobby yesterday and invited him and you to join us at Ige's to join the website above (Harold Oshiro,
our class "talk story" tribuner) to join our classmates and their fascinating chronological young day history
of our lives in the good old days.
Understand Bobby will fly in late from Hilo, call me if his flight plan changes and you can join us.
It will be great to see you both.

Harold, I attended the Willie K. Acquarium concert last night, awesome powerhouse talent,
w/Brenda Kadokawa Kanai, Brenda will try to join us at Ige's. Gerri BD

August 14, 2009

Well, that makes 8 confirmed for Ige's get-together so far... waiting to hear from the others.
There were around a dozen or more the last time... some coming late into the evening.
Even if you're not sure until the last moment, come by anyway... most of us should still be there 'til closing.
Just look for a bunch of familiar-looking old folks having a good time.


----- Original Message -----
From: agokan
To: "Hal"
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2009 2:27 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 13 / 09 update )

We'll be there.
Arline HIrahara Gokan

----- Original Message -----
From: Chester Otani
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 7:45 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 12 / 09 update )


I called Marge Morimoto Muira and she will be coming to the get together at Ige's.

Aloha, Chesta.

----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:33 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 12 / 09 update )

Harold, Gerri;

Sorry, I can't make it. Have a nice time.


----- Original Message -----
From: Chester Otani
To: Hal
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 12 / 09 update )


With the change of dates for the Ige get together, my cousin Frances Mise can now join us. Add her to the list.

Aloha, Chesta.


August 12, 2009

Thanks for the additional info Gerri... I hadn't noted the time when we left Ige's but did arriving home...
wow... couldn't believe we had been there that long... guess time really flies when you're having fun.
Nuk and everyone else... waiting for response to 'join us'... sorry Nuk, in-flight meal offer just expired.
Thanks for your response Chester... hope you and a whole bunch more plus the ones that came by to
the previous get-together show up for a really fun evening.


----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 10:40 PM
Subject: Ige's

Harold, Ige's bar area opens at 3pm for drinks and pupus.
The dining area opens at 5pm and I believe stays open beyond 10pm
which is the time we left the restaurant the last time we were there.
We will probably be there before 430p and will hold a table. Gerri BD

----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 9:30 PM
Subject: Memories

Harold, Gerri, thanks for the invite.

Pay for my in-flight meal, Harold? If my plane crashed at sea and I managed to survive and swim to shore to an island,
the last thing I want to see is one of those food carts filled with in-flight meals float to shore.
Best in-flight meal: garlic chicken from a take out place (home residence) on School Street, very cheap $2/3, plenty food.
Used to do that when I left Hawaii, but no ken do now thanks to TSA.

We were there when Hurricane Eva (IWA) hit. We got invited to a dinner. Grace was being said, when it ended,
we opened our eyes and found the lights were out so we had dinner by candle light;
very romantic with relatives that you don't care about.
It wasn't bad where we were but what I remember most was the way people drive in Hawaii when the power is out.
In California, an intersection with stop lights becomes a 4-way stop when the power goes out. Geezzz,
in Hawaii, it's a race of which side can get the most cars through the intersection without getting creamed.
We were also there the Nov. after Iniki hit. I think all of us from back home keep an eye on any approaching hurricane to Hawaii,
and think about family and you all, you can be sure of that.

Not only do I remember growing up during an innocent time with great music, but I also remember the Hawaiian Spirit we had which IMO,
does not exist in a way today as it did when we were growing up. But we did catch glimpses of it from time to time.
We were in a hotel going to lunch, where I'm anticipating eating passion fruit chiffon pie for dessert (we don't get that up here),
we're walking behind this pure Hawaiian lady that just had her birthday lunch and given this thick red carnation lei at her party.
My wife compliments her on her lei. She turns around, takes it from her shoulders, and gives it to my wife Hawaiian style.
We were embarrassed. We chatted a bit about her party, but we felt bad when the lady left for home without her lei,
but she seemed very happy singing her way out of the hotel. I told the wife to watch what she says, we're not in California.
A lot of us grew up poor but we always shared what little we had. I'm a Californian now; screw you buddy.

So sorry Frances M., I didn't think my email would go public. Thank you Harold. Gotta watch that Harold.
I'm still waiting for your DNA stem cell wrinkle remover Frances.

Roger, no problems with getting the green hearing aides. Get the gold ones, the part that goes in your ear eventually turns green.

Takeo Nakamura: that has to be the judo Black Belt. His reputation preceded him. We also had a problem student, a lean and mean guy,
that used to talk back to Nakamura and being a constant torn in his side.
Nakamura invited him to step outside to settle their differences which was accepted. So Nakamura went outside and waited.
But it was all a bluff; the student never stepped out of the classroom. He went to the door and Nakamura told him to, "Come on down,"
just like Bob Barker. Not a peep out of him for the rest of the year. Wasn't a bully with us kids either after that too.

Table top juke boxes. We were in a restaurant that had them, where Roy predicted there would be video jukeboxes;
well, music video and video jukeboxes came true. I only saw a picture of a video jukebox, never saw the real thing.

Chesta was a WWII history buff. His database files must be filled with that. Don't you think he's traveling too much?
I think he's wearing out Earth.

Roy, TD&H? Sounds like Jack stole all your girlfriends. And don't wish for something you'll regret.
My memory is no better than anyone else's, but there's a lot of meaningless junk in there, as well as some adult stuff
but I can't find the adult part of this blog to put this stuff in, like one of our classmates made whoopee in a Corvette.
I say one, but maybe six classmates are now wondering how I found that out. I shouldn't have said that last part.
And memory of meaningless stuff like: Freshman year, from mid 2nd semester on at UH swimming pool during lunch hour.
One of your KHS classmates with a blue swimsuit was in pool with the opposite sex, just the two,
and spent a lot of time underwater (just horse play). I'm guessing you can't catch cooties underwater.
Us onlookers were just waiting for our 1pm class to start. Most of my mind is filled with junk like that, that have no meaning to me.
Why is all this stuff there?

I'm not going to address my model airplane hobby but did co-start a club that had about 70 members, which kept me busy.
Maybe I should have capitalized on my skills pin striping or painting flames on cars instead. I couldn't afford a car,
but modified model gas engines. Don't laugh guys, I had sintered pistons, did you?

Robert Nukushina

----- Original Message -----
From: Chester Otani
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 8:44 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 11 / 09 update )


I agree with the date change and will be in attendance.

Aloha, Chesta.


August 11, 2009

Sorry about that Chester... have to agree with Gerri... Thursday would probably be a better evening.
Heard the same thing about the ever-growing crowds on Fridays... this holiday Friday will likely be even more so.

Besides all the other spot-on reasons Gerri mentioned, Thu - 8/20 is an evening before a legal holiday... meaning no need
for anyone to rush or call it an early evening because of work the next day.
Granted, we won't be able to listen to the featured Friday entertainment but most of us will probably be too busy talking anyway.
(of those who were there the last time, who can remember what the name of the group was, much less what songs they played)

So... per Gerri B.D. suggestion and Hal-O seconding... Thursday, August 20th for dinner or light/heavy pupus or drinks or all...
those that can/will be there, let us know via email or whatevah.
Gerri can correct me here but I believe Ige's starts the evening period around 4PM and closes around 9 or 10PM... so drop by
whenevah but the earlier the better. ( 98-761 Oihana Pl, Aiea - across from Buzz's Steak House )

Re: Elementary - Intermediate class photos... will be posting what I receive in


----- Original Message -----
From: Chester Otani
To: Hal
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 11:33 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 11 / 09 add-on )


I'll be there at Ige's on Friday, August 21st. What time will it be? Is it for dinner, or pupus and drinks or both?

Aloha, Chesta.

----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 8:36 AM

Harold on Ige's, A suggestion, last time we got together it was an early Thursday evening
maybe others would prefer the slower weekday evening to free their weekends
which are usually a busy time for "grandparents" and their families.
Besides Mon-Thur would not have to deal with the weekend crowds and probably not require
reservations and better service.
The Thursday gathering was so much fun w/many dropping in, so comments please everyone? Gerri B.D.

August 11, 2009

Gerri, so far it looks like only a 5-chair table is needed if it happens.
Up to now, only the Digmons, Gokans and one Oshiro have indicated they can be there.

Although it seemed like that's what happened the last time at Ige's when a handful became doubled by that evening.
You're right, reservations may be necessary especially for a holiday weekend... but a head-count is needed.

Anyone else that can be there on Friday evening the 21st, drop a line here... at least a few days beforehand
would be really good to ensure securing enough seating.
Chester ?, Roger ?, everyone else on the 'receiving email' list above ?...
Nuk, if you're willing to fly in, I'll pay for your in-flight meal.

Thanks Bing, starting to look like you can un-cross those fingers as the storm keeps weakening.

As for Nuk's post on the 6th Grade Class - explanation... Frances Mise came up with a class photo that she
had Chester Otani scan for her...which he emailed to me to help with identifying the individuals in the photo.
I did the same also with a handful of email recipients, who were in that photo, to help out... which brings up an idea
that Chester had of having that and additional elementary-intermediate class photos posted on my reunion pic website...
any one out there with other such class photos, it would be great and appreciated if a copy could be emailed to me.


----- Original Message -----
From: gdigmon
To: hal
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 3:24 PM
Subject: Ige's

Aloha Harold, FYI, had dinner w/some friends last Fri. at Ige's and it was JAMMED PACKED with people wanting to get in.
Understand Fri nites have been full, guess many have discovered the good food and very reasonable prices.
Suggest reserving space in the dining or bar area, no cover charges, the earlier the better.
How is the response going, if it's still on count me and Jack in. Chester, Nuk etc. how's about joining in.
Gerri Barcenas Digmon


----- Original Message -----
From: Bradshaw, Betty Ing
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 9:30 AM
Subject: RE: Felicia

Glad to hear that Felicia has been downgraded. Went to to confirm the strength and path.

Keeping our fingers crossed for all of you.



From: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 1:22 PM
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Subject: Thanks Raynor

Thanks for the concern Raynor... much like Hal for the others, hard to call you Ray.
Hal (aka Harold)


----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Tsuneyoshi
To: Hal
Cc: Margarita Sanchez
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 7:09 AM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 9 / 09 add-on )

I do hope all you guys in Hawaii come through the impending storm safely.
In a previous career, I spent 3 weeks in Homestead Florida in the aftermath of hurricane Andrew
and have seen and respect the enormous destructive power of such storms.
Talk is that Felicia is probably going to be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reaches the island,
that may prove to be a blessing
Ray Tsuneyoshi

----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Okano
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 8:42 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 10 / 09 add-on )

Most of my intermediate years were spent hanging out with my Kawananakoa school friends.
I lived in Vineyard and went to Likelike Elementary School. It was before the freeway came through.
We used to get chased by the Kalakawa school guys for invading their territory.
Also like West Side Story. Back then, there were no guns or knives. Guys fought "with honor".
My recollection of KIS was Annie Burdon, a beautiful hawaiian-haole girl.
We got to be very good friends, but she "fell in love" with a tall, dark and handsome guy whose name I forgot ... purposely.
I always lose my "girl friends" to tall, dark and handsome guys.
My childhood sweetheart in the 5th grade was Barbie Burger (no joke).
We used to play together until she met, you guessed it, a TDH guy.

I remember Nuk and his model airplanes. He was unique in that he built his flying models like they did on the mainland;
finely detailed and painted. He could also fly them well.
He "taught me to fly" U-control and I had a perfect crash record. I
t's a good thing my planes were built minimally. Propellers and clear dope cost money.
Later on in life I flew RC and that was fun. I didn't get dizzy going around in circles. And I joined the Air Force. Hahaha.

My first car was bought while stationed in Japan. My wife owned a VW 1600 beetle.
I had my "Gray Ghost", a gray primed Toyota with floor shift. It was odd to shift with the left hand and drive on the left side of the road.
But it was my first car, unlike you guys who owned cars in high school.
I loved the ole "Gray Ghost" and would take her for long rides around the country side.

In all my years, I have never set foot in Sekiya's. I guess it was because I had no money to spend. We were quite poor.
But my mother was a wonderful woman and made sure we all had a good breakfast to start the day.
I sometimes would skip lunch so I could stop by Love's bakery to buy a doughnut.
There was also a pet store in the next building. Peaches O'Rouke ran the store.
There was also a Candy's pet shop across from Leonard's. I think the sign is still on the building after all the years.
Harry Azama and I used to go around collecting glass bottles, washed them and sold them to Candy. We used to make good money.
Then plastic bags came along and put us out of business. We were resourceful back then, unlike our throw-away generation.
We used to "hangout" at Roy Morihara's drug store. I always bought the ice cream sandwiches.
You'd open the square cover and stick you hand down into the cold frig and take out the ice cream.
The cookie park was chocolate and soft. I can taste it still. We'd sit and read the comics and "other magazines".
Roy would always remind us not to soil the comics or "dog ear" them. Those were fun times.
Today, the small building still stands, but has gone through muiltple businesses. Campbell Avenue hasn't changed much.

Remember "cosmetics"? The guys with short hair used it to sleek down their spiky hair. I remember both James and Harry used it.
Titus, Nakasato, Shintaku and a host of others used the stuff. Their combs were alway white with the stuff.
I think more was on their combs than on their hair. And guys shared combs. I tried it, but didn't like it.
I think even Chester, Nuk and Wally used it.

I wish I had Nuk's mental recall.

----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Kobayashi
To: Hal
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 7:54 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 10 / 09 add-on )

For Nukushina.

I'll take the gold hearing aid. And, if nobody is looking, I'll take the green one, too. (Didn't have stereo while growing up.)


----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 7:40 AM
Subject: Re: 6th Grade Class at Waialae Elementary School

Guys, here's my list, best to my knowledge, using Harold's list, replacing the question marks. Harold's list looks good.
But no guarantee on anything. Memory sucks. It was my class so they all look familiar although a few names escape me.
I didn't recognize Frances M, looks kind of swollen. The last two boys I can't ID look so familiar, yet I can't place their names.
When Gerri mention Hiura, I was trying to remember when I first met him. Well, there he is in the pic.
It brought back more memories; he was quite chatter in 6th grade outside of class. Anybody got our sophomore and junior student annuals?
BTW, clash with Ishizaki was not Mel Matsumoto for sure, but I believe Ken Matsumoto, but I'm beginning to have doubts about everything now.

Row 1:
Clarence Shibuya, Thomas Okuhara, David Yomogida, Denis Ikei, Gregory Lee , Robert Nukushina, Don Hiura
Row 2:
Helen Kanegushiku, Doreen Murata, Carol Jitchaku, Francine Song, Frances Mise, Seda Deguchi, Carol Hamasaki, Annette Ige, Jane Uyehara
Row 3:
Milton Olmos, Raymond Tamaru , Puamana Makahi, Sally Kaneshiro , Stella Higa, Patricia Torigoe, Myron Kekaula, Richard Nakasato , Ernest Urata
Row 4:
? , Clifford Young, Herbert Nakamura, Walter Masuko, Michael Yamaguchi, ? , Harold Hokama, Dennis Sakaguchi, Warren Nakahodo

Robert Nukushina


----- Original Message -----
From: Carole Eto
To: Hal
Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2009 4:59 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 9 / 09 add-on )

Hi you all,
Yes, Tom, Lori told me she met you and enjoyed talking to you. She's a beautiful person, isn't she?
I am blessed to have two wonderful daughters-in-law.

Nelson Masamune also lives in Mililani. He moved there a few years ago.

Thank you, Nuk, for your kind words.

And Hal, you and I will always be related. I even accept you as my Brah.

Bing, I am looking forward to your visit to Hawaii and getting together.
June Yanazawa, hope you are coming to the reunion, too.
Jean Nakamura, haven't seen you since that first LV reunion. Are you coming to Hawaii, too?
Yes, you do sound as if you need a break.

I really enjoy reading all about everyone's experiences during the good old days. Brings back a lot of memories.
I remember playing by a stream on Kapakahi Road and playing house making sandwiches out of those big leaves and flowers.
Those were our "toys".
Great days!!! Never had to worry about anything.

Carole Masuda

----- Original Message -----
From: Betty Townsend
To: Harold Oshiro
Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2009 12:48 PM
Subject: RE: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 9 / 09 add-on )

The year I was in 7th grade I went from Palolo Elementary to Kaimuki Intermediate then to Kaimuki High.
The next year my sister went to 7th grade and she went to Jarrett and then Kaimuki.

I've been reading all the stories of the classmates that lived in and around Kapahulu.
It is so funny I don't remember half of the places they've mentioned or recognize the names.
Although I didn't live in Kapahulu, I spent a lot of time there. My grandmother lived on Palani Avenue between Kapahulu and Date.
I remember on the corner of Kapahulu and Palani there was an okazu place we went to all the time. Next to it was a chop suey house.
Across Kapahulu on a side street was the poi/Hawaiian foods place and on the other corner of Kapahulu and Palani
across the street from the okazu and chop suey house was a grocery store.
I don't remember any of the names of these places, I can just picture them in my mind.
There's an apartment building now where my grandmother's house was and the beloved Hayden mango tree cut down.

I can picture where Love's Bakery and Leonard's was. And on the corner of Kapahulu and Kaimuki was a huge park (I think).
Of course there was Sekiya's and Foodland up the steep driveway.

These stories are so much fun and enjoy them immensely.

Betty (Violet Chung-Hoon) Townsend

----- Original Message -----
From: agokan
To: "Hal"
Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2009 10:35 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories and reunion ( 8 / 9 / 09 add-on )

In 1953-'54 the boundary for Kaimuki Intermediate (aka Kaimuki Middle School) was changed to anyone living below 6th Ave.,
went to Washington Intermediate and those above went to Kaimuki Intermediate; those in Palolo went to Jarrett.
I believe that those from Niu Valley came to Kaimuki High, because Kalani was just being built and by the time we were seniors,
that school opened up to 9th graders. I think that is why we had one of the biggest graduating class.
Edwina brings back so many memories and I do recall not having to lock up your homes and anyone that came to visit
and entered through the back door, was probably your (or your family's) best friend.
Kids could play on the streets and not worry about being hit by a car, just worried that your parent didn't come out
to haul you in to do your chores or worst yet, your homework.
I can still hear that Manapua man, calling out.........Manapua, Pepeio.....
I also remember that there was a man that came to pick up the swill, once a week
and the ice cream man on his little motorbike with the freezer compartment on the back;
could hear his music coming from more than a block away.
Did you know that Ron & Cal Lee, used to live on 12th Ave? So did Pat Silva of the Surfer and Manny Soares..
As kids, we used to go to Kapaolono Park and see who could go the highest on the swings and scale the walls by the upper tennis court.
We used to hide our shoes in the bushes, so that we could go to school barefooted;
which explained the shoes being really dirty on the inside and not the outside.
Also remember, when we had to dress properly to go to school; no shorts, jeans, pants, tank tops or boob tubes, for the girls
and boys had to wear pants (not jeans) and button shirts (not T-Shirts or Polo shirts).
Teachers were expected to set examples for their students.
Speaking of teachers......I remember a Mrs. Katherine Davey coming to school one day with two different shoes
and was informed of such by a student (think it was Clifford Young).
Also, Mr. Takeo Nakamura taking a disruptive student outside of the room and reminded him who was the boss...
Never saw such a quick change in attitude (He sure was quiet & effective).
Looking forward to more memories and catching up.
Dem were da days!!!!!!!!~:=}
Arline Hirahara Gokan

----- Original Message -----
From: Nukubc
To: hal
Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2009 8:01 AM
Subject: Re: 50 Years - memories

Edwina, great memories, you could catch cooties from the opposite sex? No problem for me; I couldn't catch the opposite sex.
Choosing kids for a team. For baseball, we chose team captains first, one tossed the bat to the other one.
Then it was fist over alternating fist to the butt end of the bat and the captain who covered the knob with his fist,
had first choice of the kids to pick for his team. Well, something like that.
Pixie sticks? I remember Pick-up-sticks. The old wooden sticks were easier than the newer plastic ones (slippery and not straight).
I remember the toys but had none of them; too poor. I made my own toys from scrap wood.
Even designed, built, and flew some of my own model airplanes.

Hal, I know the 17th avenue kids went to Kalani. My sister lived on 10th avenue and graduated from Kalani
but I'm not sure which address she used since her friends were going to Kalani.

Hal, along with me; Francis, Loretta, and maybe others were immigrants from other classes and moved into Mrs Bailey's class.
Asked to be seated in the back, I was placed next to the rear door where Francis sat so we got to know each other.
Late in the school year, he came in late through the back door, with welts all over his head, and totally dazed.
He couldn't answer my questions. I concluded he got beat up by a bunch of guys that morning,
because I just couldn't believe anyone would do that to such a nice guy and he was about 5' 10"
so no one single guy would even think of taking him on.
Bailey saw him come in, started the class doing something, came back to see him, and said something like,
oh you're sick and must feel awful, and walked him out of class.
I guess she's seen stuff like this before, and was very diplomatic about it, to him and the class.
Many many years later, he worked during summers at American Can, the shift after mine.
We couldn't talk because he got on line the second I got off.
The company operated around the clock during summers feeding cans to Dole to their empty can loft
that acted as a surge tank for the cannery to assure cans were always flowing.
Sad to hear he passed away.

Gladys Lee sat at her desk when she taught our class most of the time. She would ask, Nuk, what is the opposite of "polite"?
If you said, "Impolite", you would get a personally autographed three hour lecture about not knowing the English language.
We could not use any word with the preps im, in, un, dis, etc.
And you stood up until you answered, right or wrong, before going to the next shaking victim.

I guess Mrs. Blaisdell must have been my history teacher too in 8th grade; just can't remember her name if it isn't.
My history class was next door to Mrs G. Lee's class on the 18th ave. side. Teacher was a large dark-mustard blonde woman.
There was a large world map on the right side of the room that rolled up like those old window shades.
She was very often late to class and sometimes I would draw Disney characters on the blackboard on the right side
toward the back of the room.
Calvin Ishizaki sat next to me. The row wrought iron desks were paired. Calvin seemed like a real nice first.
Calvin and (I think) Mel Matsumoto (the taller of the two) used to argue all the time before class.
One day, Mel stood at the back wall, and the teacher asked him why he was there. He pointed to Calvin without saying a word.
I'm guessing they settled their differences outside of class that day.
Ever since that day, Calvin came to class strutting around like a rooster, chest and elbows out, and cocky.
If it rained, he would brush his hair, I'll call it his tall crew cut, with his right hand would shake his wet opened fingers
to put rain spots all over my desk.
Geeze, now he was marking his territory; mo betta he marked it like real animals, then I'd give up my desk.
Back to the subject, teacher started one day by saying, "I don't think anyone else will do it, so I'll do it."
She went to the world map, discussed geography, and covered the whole world in one period;
the best and most interesting lecture I ever had at KIS, and no exam.

Ms Sylvia would just walk out to the dance floor by herself and pirouette, which she did very well,
and her skirt flared out horizontally, all before the panyhose was invented. She knew that caused a rise out of the boys.
If one of the students asked her to dance, she might do that before she started dancing if there was room.
She didn't do that much during class time, but did a lot of it at the dance parties.

And speaking of really hot cars. Remember the Chevy Corvair, Ralph Nader's joy ride?
My dad's company car was the station wagon version. Hell, I enjoyed driving that car.
The only problem we had was the belt flying off on cold mornings.
They used one belt to drive two pulleys that were in different planes at right angles to each other; bad design.
It took two guys to get that belt back on, our procedure was not very safe.

Chester worked at a hotel in Waikiki as a bell boy. Must be a lot of stories in his database files.

I remember Maruzen from the UH days. Go early or stand in a long line. Only saw hungry UH male students when I was there.
Always did the hamburger thing but a friend did the pork chops and he got three to five chops on his plate, dang good deal.
But it was hard to beat the chuck wagon that showed next to the YWCA across UH, 50 cents for one entree,
75 cents for three, plus trimmings.
Students used to stand in line long before it showed up. The 75 cent lunch was large; eat till you puke large.

Why do people think Coca Cola was once green? Folks, it was never green. The bottles were green.
Poured it in a glass and Coke always looked dark brown.

Calvin, Kodama: maroon '57 Ford and McCorriston St.? I clearly have the wrong house.
Virtually all of the cars say '55 to '59, were two tones.
The car I saw was two-tone, primarily black (sides & roof) with red (trunk & hood), but not Corinthian Cordovan;
and it was the hard top convertible (different roof line). More brain dust for me to blow out of my ears.

Takushi san, one of your rides used to carry that piece of luggage on his lap? That was Harold. You had a '55 AND A '57 Chevy?
Man, how did you guys do that, print money? Like Gerri, Sprit was my speed.
My first brand new car was the '69 Mach I Mustang w/Windsor 351, high end torque good for the freeways.
It drew too much attention......from guys. I had a chance to buy a used cherry '66 red Mustang convertible for $1600.
Even though I knew it would be collector's item, I got the Mach I instead.

This is probably an old story but I heard it after I left the islands on one of the trips back home.
In the old days people used have those whole abalone hockey pucks and take their knives, carve thin slices, and eat them.
The tourists would ask this comic (who is telling this story), what was that they (us guys) were eating?
He said, well in Hawaii lots of people walk around barefoot and as a result of walking around on hot asphalt,
and hot cement sidewalks, the skin on the heels would get really thick.
So from time to time, they would cut off the thick skin from their heels, and that's what they were eating.

Hal, as usual delete objectionables. Hey, how big is your plate? History book, cook book,
how about a Kaimuki, Class of '60 board game? Green and Gold hearing aides,..........)
BTW, I was going to customize one of my watches by having the dial painted green and gold with a picture of a bulldog on it,
all professionally done, years back.
I couldn't find a picture of a bulldog that might have been on our newsletters. My memory plays tricks on me.
Robert Nukushina


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